Q1W6: October 5-9

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #6
Unit of Instruction13 Colonies
Standard(s) Taught
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.2.1 Compare the relationships among the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch in their struggle for colonization of North America.

SS.8.A.2.2 Compare the characteristics of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

SS.8.A.2.3 Differentiate economic systems of New England, Middle and Southern colonies including indentured servants and slaves as labor sources.

SS.8.A.2.4 Identify the impact of key colonial figures on the economic, political, and social development of the colonies.

SS.8.A.1.1 Provide supporting details for an answer from text, interview for oral history, check validity of information from research/text, and identify strong vs. weak arguments.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students can compare and contrast Jamestown and Plymouth

Students can place each of the 13 colonies into a colonial region

Students can create an advertisement that includes the geography and economics of one of the colonial regions 

Classroom Activities




Discussion on Roanoke and why it failed/Roanoke activity 

Notes and discussion on Jamestown and Plymouth Jamestown and Plymouth Notes

Venn Diagram of Jamestown and Plymouth ComparisonContrastJamestownvsPlymouthVennDiagram




3 Colonial Regions – Geography/Economy Chart

Exit Ticket


Use the chart on the back of the 13 colonies map (from last Tuesday) to chart the Geography (land/climate) and economy (how they made money) of each colonial region

13 colonies map geo



Notes on the History/Culture of the colonies

Analyzing primary sources on the colonial regions

Students create advertisements on one of the regions based on the geography and economy


13 Colonies Study Guide

Notes of the History and Culture of the Colonies: 13 Colonies History PPT

Use this sheet: Source Analysis to analyze 4 of these documents: Colony Documents

Assignment due Wednesday:

  • Select a region or colony to feature and create a poster/brochure that advertises the features of the region.
  • Include:
  • Geography of your region (3pts)
  • Economics of your region (3pts)
  • Culture/Religion of your region (3pts)
  • Include at least 1 vocab word (1pt)


  • Write a skit in which a person from each of the colonial regions brag about why their region is the best over dinner. You will present this on Wednesday.
  • Include:
  • Geography of each region (3pts)
  • Economics of each region (3pts)
  • Culture/Religion of each region (3pts)
  • Include at least 3 vocab words (1pt)
Assignments Due
Additional Resources

New Vocab this week:

  • Subsistence Farming- growing just enough to meet immediate needs
  • Cash Crops- crops grown that are easily sold in markets
  • Diversity- having many different religions or ethnic groups
  • Indentured Servants – laborer who agreed to work for a period of time in return for passage to America

Other Unit Vocab: 

  • Charter- a document granting a right
  • Joint-stock Company- a company in which investors buy stock in return for future profits
  • Dissent – to disagree with or oppose
  • Persecute – to mistreat someone because of their beliefs
  • Tolerance- the ability to accept different views or beliefs